Los Angeles Clippers’ Playoff Successes Will Hinge On Blake Griffin’s Talents
Los Angeles Clipper fans are wondering how far Blake Griffin could take them through the playoffs.
Griffins obviously is not a one-man show. But with the season he’s had in his third NBA year, he should make the Clippers as dangerous as any other playoff squad.
Griffin has had a solid season with 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds, plus 3.8 assists a game. He’s played steady all year and if he does more of the same in the playoffs, the Clippers have a chance to make the NBA West Finals.
What the Clippers like about Griffin is his reliability as a shooter. He’s at 54 percent in 76 games this season. That’s what especially has made him effective. His free-throw shooting is 66.5 percent and he needs to work on that so opposing teams don’t purposely send him to the line toward the end of a tight playoff game. Knowing there’s a good chance he’ll miss, teams will almost always foul Griffin when has the ball
Griffin was steady against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday with 9-of-13 shooting in 30 minutes of action for 19 points plus seven assists and eight rebounds. But his five turnovers were inexcusable. He had only a conbined three turnovers in his previous two games.
But Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers featured a 24-point, 12-rebound effort from Griffin, who had five assists and was 7-of-8 from the line. That’s the Griffin the Clippers need to see to enjoy a long postseason. Now’s the time to be playing your best basketball. That’s what Griffin is doing.